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Old 07-03-2010, 04:12 PM   #61
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And let's not forget how much the official numbers understate actual unemployment and underemployment. 9.5%? I'll bet the real number is north of 15% if you include *everyone* currently hoping for full-time work and can't find it.
No argument from me on that one!

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And let's not forget how much the official numbers understate actual unemployment and underemployment. 9.5%? I'll bet the real number is north of 15% if you include *everyone* currently hoping for full-time work and can't find it.
Also, I think the government change the primary number from U6 to U3 so you have to be careful when comparing numbers. I think the change was made in '94.
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Also, I think the government change the primary number from U6 to U3 so you have to be careful when comparing numbers. I think the change was made in '94.
Yep. U6 is what, something like 16-17% last time I checked?
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As of June 2010 -- 16.5% seasonally adjusted, 16.7% unadjusted

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Table A-15. Alternative measures of labor underutilization
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Yep. U6 is what, something like 16-17% last time I checked?

Interesting how no one in the media brings that up. Then again they probaly don't understand it.

just from a quick search

Bear Market Comparison; U6 Unemployment

U3 and U6 Unemployment during the Great Depression | The Economic Populist
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Here is another chart from the same site
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The number of workers only able to find part time jobs (or have had their hours cut for economic reasons) was at 8.63 million in June. This was a slight decline from May - and was a little bit of good news.

The all time record of 9.24 million was set in October.

These workers are included in the alternate measure of labor underutilization (U-6) that was at 16.5% in June.
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I know a lot of people in the engineering community that are technically part time right now (at 32 to 36 hours per week). Basically a 10-20% pay cut with a cut in hours. So technically part time. Sometimes the cut in hours is ephemeral, as they are still expected to get the same amount of work done, and complete the same level of marketing, networking, professional development etc. 10-20% cut in pay isn't the end of the world for many, although it will undoubtedly affect their spending decisions.

Then again, our firm has had a quarter of our employees leave voluntarily in the last 8 months to go to better jobs for more money. It is fairly easy to replace employees since the pool of applicants is bigger. During the boom times, it was nearly impossible to find qualified people and hiring managers are loving getting lots of resumes and having a choice among a number of good candidates.
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These folks put 20% down and still walked away. Yikes!
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Amazing to me that a lost of less than 200k has people saying "screw-it ... I am all done". Tossing in the towel at or at least near the bottom.

Drive thru that neighbor in 10-12 years it'll be everything they had hoped for. But everyone wants it all now, now, now.
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These folks put 20% down and still walked away. Yikes!
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When this recession hits bottom we all will be saying, what were we thinking, how didn't we see this coming and 'off with their heads'.
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Not sure what their problem is. Can they not make the payments? Sounds like it since they had their loan readjusted. Not all the story here. Bet there is second mortgage and the house is not worth what they owe. "We are the responsible ones". Well, not any more.
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